Wiesbaden - Women in Germany gave birth to fewer babies in the past year than in 2018. The number of newborns was around 778,100, around 9,400 fewer children than in the previous year, as the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden announced today. Mathematically, there were 9.4 babies for every 1,000 inhabitants (2018: 9.5 babies). Germany was slightly above the EU average of 9.3 newborns.
At the same time, the number of deaths in 2019 fell to 939,500 according to statistics, which corresponds to decrease of 1.6 percent. One reason for this is that the numbers had increased in 2018 due to strong flu wave, said an expert from the Federal Office.
With 11.3 deaths per 1,000 Inhabitants, Germany was above the provisional EU average of 10.4. Accordingly, the highest number of deaths occurred in Bulgaria (15.5) and the lowest in Ireland (estimated value: 6.3).
The number of marriages also fell last year. Around 416,300 couples went to the registry office, 7.4 percent fewer than in the previous year. In 2018 there was particularly large number of weddings as result of the introduction of “marriage for all”. In 2019 there were 402,300 marriages between men and women, plus around 14,000 weddings by same-sex couples.
The figures for 2020 will be interesting and the question of how the corona pandemic affects births, deaths and weddings . According to special evaluation few weeks ago, the number of deaths in Germany in May was roughly the same as in previous years. In April, the number of deaths was around nine percent above the average for previous years.
For births and marriages, statisticians only have preliminary figures up to March this year. So no general statements can be made.